Hard Work Pays Off for K&N Champ, Truck Rookie William Byronby Kyle Pokrefky January 28, 2016
Five years ago, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie William Byron had never even driven a race car.
At the age of 14, Byron was almost deemed as being too old to get into racing, however, an opportunity to jump into legend cars in 2012 turned out to provide instant success for the Charlotte native.
The results were a sign of things to come.
The now 18-year-old Byron has already built an impressive résumé in his young career – 2015 K&N Pro Series East champion, 2014 U.S. Pro Legend Winter Nationals Champion, 2013 Legends All-Star Champion and 2013 U.S. Legend Cars National Champion, among other series championships.
Given his accomplishments, it’s no surprise that he has already drawn the attention of several Sprint Cup stars.
Helping build recognition for himself while driving for JR Motorsports in late models in 2014, Byron’s latest opportunity comes with Kyle Busch Motorsports – last year’s Truck Series championship operation.
Speaking with The Fourth Turn in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, Byron said that getting to this level marks the accomplishment of a personal dream of his.
“It means a lot,” Byron told The Fourth Turn. “Just to be in the Camping World Truck Series has been a dream of mine with competing in the national series.
“It’s really going to be a cool experience and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do.”
The defending K&N Pro Series East credits all of the hard work he and those around him have put in over the years for helping push him to the next level.
“I think it’s been a culmination of a lot of hard work over the last three or four years,” Byron continued. “When I started racing when I was almost 15 years old, I dreamed about being in the national series.
“The hard work’s paid off and it’s cool to compete this year in the Truck Series.”
Cutting his teeth on short tracks around the nation, Byron’s 2016 schedule will consist of significantly larger tracks that partially comprise the Camping World Truck Series tour.
The driver of KBM’s No. 9 Liberty University Toyota has been gaining more experience on the larger tracks in the ARCA Racing Series, where he’s to run a partial schedule with Venturini Motorsports this year (as he did for two races last year at Lucas Oil Raceway and Kentucky Speedway.)
Entered in Venturini’s No. 55 Toyota Camry for the series’ season opener at Daytona, Byron will make one more start later in the year with the team at Pocono Raceway in June.
While he still has to gain more experience on the superspeedways that he’ll inevitably face in his national series career, the NASCAR Next member isn’t feeling intimidated by such tracks.
“I think we’ll kind of approach each race with a [different] mindset,” Byron said. “Of all the race tracks I’m looking forward to, I’m looking forward to Charlotte and that’s because it’s my home track and it’d be cool to compete on a mile-and-a-half like that.
“I’m really focused on Daytona and Atlanta and those first two races in February.
“Once we get those two underway and we get two good finishes, we’ll see what we can do from there.”
Before Daytona Speedweeks gets fully underway, Byron will compete in this weekend’s SpeedFest 2016 at Watermelon Capital Speedway at Crisp Motorsports Park for the CRA Super Series’ season opener.
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